Attractions in Bangkok

from Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn

There’s a Bangkok of remarkable discoveries to be made nearby Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. Here’s a pick of our favourite spots to enjoy the local culture and to discover some new, exciting experiences.

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  • Chatuchak weekend market

    Chatuchak weekend market, Bangkok

    This world’s largest market is commonly known among Thais as JJ (jay jay). With more than 15,000 retailers in 27 sections, occupying some 27 acre space, what makes Chatuchak busy every weekend is not only the fun of bargaining prices but an incredible variety of merchandise it has to offer, from latest fashion items and vintage decor finds to Thai crafts and teak wood tables. Section 1 gets you books and magazines, while Sections 2-4 see shops of young fashion designers. Vintage clothing items are in Sections 5-6 while art pieces are in Sections 7-9. Sections 10-24 gets you a mix of miscellaneous stuff, and you will find tables, chairs, lamps and decor items in Sections 25-27.

    This world’s largest market is commonly known among Thais as JJ (jay jay). With more than 15,000 retailers in 27 sections, occupying some 27 acre space, what makes Chatuchak busy every weekend is not only the fun of bargaining prices but an incredible variety of merchandise it has to offer, from latest fashion items and vintage decor finds to Thai crafts and teak wood tables. Section 1 gets you books and magazines, while Sections 2-4 see shops of young fashion designers. Vintage clothing items are in Sections 5-6 while art pieces are in Sections 7-9. Sections 10-24 gets you a mix of miscellaneous stuff, and you will find tables, chairs, lamps and decor items in Sections 25-27.

  • Siam Paragon Department Store

    Siam Paragon Department Store, Bangkok

    Siam Paragon is one of the biggest shopping complexes in Asia and includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater, the Siam Ocean World Aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Bangkok, an exhibition hall, the Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley and karaoke center. The gourmet supermarket is an 8,000 square meter foodies’ heaven grocery store on the ground floor where the domestically-produced items carried often have different enticing flavours or are specialty brands not usually stocked elsewhere in Thailand.

    Siam Paragon is one of the biggest shopping complexes in Asia and includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater, the Siam Ocean World Aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Bangkok, an exhibition hall, the Thai Art Gallery, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley and karaoke center. The gourmet supermarket is an 8,000 square meter foodies’ heaven grocery store on the ground floor where the domestically-produced items carried often have different enticing flavours or are specialty brands not usually stocked elsewhere in Thailand.

  • Asiatique Night Market

    Asiatique Night Market, Bangkok

    Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
    The selection of shops is interesting, with a good range of unusual brands rather than row upon row of tourist trinkets. This bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth dedicating an evening to.

    Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
    The selection of shops is interesting, with a good range of unusual brands rather than row upon row of tourist trinkets. This bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth dedicating an evening to.

  • Silom Road

    Silom Road, Bangkok

    Located between Sathorn and Suriwongse Road, Silom Road runs from the riverside (Charoenkrung Road) eastwards to Rama IV Road. During the day Silom is the city’s banking and business centre, often dubbed the Wall Street of Thailand, whereas after sunset it becomes a very famous nightlife area. Silom offers a broad range of night-time activities ranging from food stalls, restaurants, pubs, bars, night clubs, pavement shopping, massages and strip shows at both the Patpong and Thanon Thaniya (Little Tokyo) areas. Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 are very popular among the gay crowd of revelers.

    Located between Sathorn and Suriwongse Road, Silom Road runs from the riverside (Charoenkrung Road) eastwards to Rama IV Road. During the day Silom is the city’s banking and business centre, often dubbed the Wall Street of Thailand, whereas after sunset it becomes a very famous nightlife area. Silom offers a broad range of night-time activities ranging from food stalls, restaurants, pubs, bars, night clubs, pavement shopping, massages and strip shows at both the Patpong and Thanon Thaniya (Little Tokyo) areas. Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 are very popular among the gay crowd of revelers.

  • MBK Fashion Mall

    MBK Fashion Mall, Bangkok

    MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong is a large and popular shopping mall for the bargain hunter. It's not as upmarket and stylish as its neighbours, Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it’s a big market for non-brand names and local fashions, gadgets and consumer goods at give-away prices. At eight stories high, the center hosts around 2,000 stores and services, including the 4-story Tokyu department store, restaurants and entertainment.

    MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong is a large and popular shopping mall for the bargain hunter. It's not as upmarket and stylish as its neighbours, Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it’s a big market for non-brand names and local fashions, gadgets and consumer goods at give-away prices. At eight stories high, the center hosts around 2,000 stores and services, including the 4-story Tokyu department store, restaurants and entertainment.

  • The Emerald Buddha or Grand Palace

    Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, The Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime. The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty, to become a royal residence, and it has been the utmost architectural symbol of Thailand ever since. The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only. Getting there: One of the easiest, and most pleasurable, ways is taking the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station, located atop Sathorn “Central” Pier. From here, take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier, and then it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance.

    Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, The Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime. The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty, to become a royal residence, and it has been the utmost architectural symbol of Thailand ever since. The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only. Getting there: One of the easiest, and most pleasurable, ways is taking the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station, located atop Sathorn “Central” Pier. From here, take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier, and then it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance.

  • China Town

    China Town at Bangkok

    Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand’s largest Chinese community, is commonly known among Thais as Yaowarat, according to the name of the road where it is located. The Chinese community dominated trades between Siam (ancient Thailand) and China since the reign of King Rama I, centered around Ratchawong Pier, while the construction of Yaowarat Road hadn’t begun until 1891 during the reign of King Rama V.  Today, Yaowarat is widely known as the kingdom’s largest center of gold trade and a great foodie destination. Yaowarat simply has two faces: If you visit Yaowarat during the day, what you see along both sides of this one and a half kilometer road are shops selling gold, Chinese herbs, fruits and Chinese restaurants serving authentic cuisine. But if you visit Yaowarat after sunset, the road turns into a street food heaven where a number of food trucks prepare you marvelous food, from Chinese fried noodles to iced Chinese dessert, you hardly find elsewhere.

    Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand’s largest Chinese community, is commonly known among Thais as Yaowarat, according to the name of the road where it is located. The Chinese community dominated trades between Siam (ancient Thailand) and China since the reign of King Rama I, centered around Ratchawong Pier, while the construction of Yaowarat Road hadn’t begun until 1891 during the reign of King Rama V.  Today, Yaowarat is widely known as the kingdom’s largest center of gold trade and a great foodie destination. Yaowarat simply has two faces: If you visit Yaowarat during the day, what you see along both sides of this one and a half kilometer road are shops selling gold, Chinese herbs, fruits and Chinese restaurants serving authentic cuisine. But if you visit Yaowarat after sunset, the road turns into a street food heaven where a number of food trucks prepare you marvelous food, from Chinese fried noodles to iced Chinese dessert, you hardly find elsewhere.